For every furry pal, it’s not just chewing toys and tail wagging. Anxiety is a common problem that many dogs and their owners face. Although certain causes and stressors can be impossible to prevent, dog anxiety may typically be alleviated or minimized. We have gained a better understanding of anxiety disorders in humans as a group, but what about our dogs? They have similar symptoms, which can be difficult to deal with, but we have some easy-to-follow tips and tricks to keep your pup cool, calm, and collected!
Signs & Symptoms Of An Anxious Dog
Since each dog has its own set of characteristics, behaviors, and previous experiences, the way they express their discomfort may be different. The source of anxiety can also influence how signs and symptoms manifest. Dog owners should note any changes in daily behavior, patterns, or behaviors. Below are some of the most known symptoms of anxiety in dogs:
- Calming signs such as constant yawning mouth licking, and shaking off as if wet.
- Hiding or avoiding interaction
- Worries and compulsive behavior like quick excessive licking.
- Stressed body language (body low, tail low or tucked between legs, ears back)
- Excessive drooling or panting
- Accidents that are out of character (urinating or defecating in the house)
- Excessive violence
- An unusual amount of crying, whimpering or barking
- Violent actions
- A general feeling of sadness, depression, or exhaustion